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Palm Stand and Milk Stool – SOLD

12 Jun

Palm stand & 'dipped' milk stool

Palm stand & ‘dipped’ milk stool

I know some people might find them quite old fashioned, but I’ve always loved palm stands! I don’t really have the space for one in our current home, but I used to stay in a really beautiful manor house that had been converted into apartments, and my palm stand fitted in perfectly there! In fact this tall painted palm stand is from my old home! I’ve given it a lick of paint because it was a bit tired looking, but it’s never going to be perfect. That being said it’s still in good enough nick to hold your pot plant, and on the plus-side you won’t need to be too precious when you’re watering your plant!

I bought the milk stool with the legs already dipped – I thought it looked so sweet! It takes something quite ordinary onto another level, and while this affect might be a bit faddish, I still think it makes the stool pop – doesn’t it look great with the orange pot plant (a gift from my most lovely friend, Caryn Tilbury – thank you sweet lady!).

Dimensions: Palm stand – 106cm tall x 24cm in diameter (across top); Milk stool – 57cm tall x 28cm in diameter (across top)

Prices: Palm stand – R350; Milk stool – R260

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1950s Sideboard-Cum-Display Cabinet – SOLD

12 May

1950s Sideboard-cum-display cabinet

1950s Sideboard-cum-display cabinet

I can’t seem to find a makers mark on this fabulous retro sideboard, but the name on the lock is for a Canadian manufacturer, so I’d assume that this piece is either from neighboring America, or Canada itself. And in terms of age, I’d guess that it dates to the 1950s – it could be a bit later, but I don’t think so. The colour of the veneer, the curved glass and the patterned vinyl all seem very ’50s to me. I love the style of the piece, but in particular it’s that curved wall of patterned vinyl that I really, really like! Isn’t it just so cool?! There’s a fair amount of wear both to the veneer, and the areas of solid wood, but given it’s age I think it’s doing pretty well!

An unusual and very attractive sideboard that would be the perfect showcase for your collection of Murano ashtrays or retro highball glasses.

Dimensions: 1.37m wide x 41cm deep x 88cm tall

Price: R1500

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Wooden Dumb Valet – SOLD

15 Apr

Wooden dumb valet

Wooden dumb valet

These dumb valets are such handy pieces of furniture! They don’t take up a lot of room, and make ‘dumping’ your clothes a much neater process – plus they’re look way better than a chair covered in a pile of clothes! This double stand version has been attacked by a bit of borer at some point (the curse of the Berea!), but I’ve had it standing in my house for the past month so I can say with certainty that the borer’s long gone. One of the metal bars that run along the ‘feet’ of the clothes horse is also missing, but I don’t think most people would notice, so it’s not a huge train smash.

A functional and reasonably priced vintage dumb valet that you’ll find super useful – especially if you have a hubby (or wife!) who has a habit of dropping their clothes on the floor!

Price: R350

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Pair of Children’s Chairs – SOLD

9 Apr

Pair of wooden children's chairs

Pair of wooden children’s chairs

It’s funny how something quite ordinary becomes quite special when it’s in its miniature form. These chairs would be quite plain if they were full sized (although I do quite like their simple metal frame), but the fact that they’re children’s chairs makes them very cool indeed! The one chair leg is missing its rubber stopper, but it doesn’t seem to make the chair unstable at all, plus it would probably be pretty easy to replace. The wood has recently been sanded, but I see that there are a few spots which could do with a bit more varnish – luckily though they’re the bits that are mostly hidden from sight, which is probably how they were missed to begin with!

A sweet pair that will look great in your playroom. And I can personally attest to the fact that kids love them – Noks daughter, Amahle, spent the whole morning with her bum firmly planted on one!

Dimensions: Each chair measures 46cm tall x 22.5cm wide x 25.5cm deep

Price: R225 each

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Retro Wooden Sideboard- SOLD

4 Apr

Retro wooden sideboard

Retro wooden sideboard

It’s been ages since I’ve come across a well priced sideboard – I’m not sure quite why (other than the fact that they’re great pieces of furniture!), but sideboards have become ridiculously popular in recent years! I get requests for them all the time, and when I look at the prices overseas for retro sideboards it would seem that it’s a worldwide phenomenon. So it was hard to contain my excitement when I stumbled across this great sideboard the other day – not only was it affordable, but it’s also one of the best looking sideboards that I’ve seen, plus it’s in great condition! There was a sticker on one of the doors that read ‘Springmaster’, and when I googled it I found one reference to a Springmaster sideboard, which the sellers said they brought with them from South Africa when they immigrated to Australia in the 1960s, so it might well be that that’s the name of the furniture manufacturer who produced this great piece, although it’s a bit odd that I can’t find any other references to the company.

The thing that really stands out is the design of the cupboard and drawer handles, which seem to scream ’60s. For me they’re a great example of really good retro design that balances functionality with aesthetics – not only are they stupidly good looking, but they work really well. I’ve replaced the handle on the bottom drawer with a plain metal knob, because the original was a little too crazy for my taste, but other than that everything’s as it was when it was first built, including the great curved shelf in what I would assume is a drink’s cabinet, although it would also be great or storing crockery.

This is one of those great pieces that you don’t see that often anymore. I hope somebody out there appreciates it as much as I do – and if not it’ll just have to stay with me for a bit longer!

Dimensions: 1.67m wide x 48cm deep x 85cm tall

Price: R3200

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Retro Wooden Armchair – SOLD

12 Mar

Retro wooden armchair

Retro wooden armchair

When I look at the way that furniture used to be made I have to wonder what’s happened to design over the years? Retro pieces of furniture are only really comparable to today’s high end designs that you pay an arm and a leg for, whereas a lot of the retro pieces were mass produced and available in general department stores, i.e. they were affordable. Like look at the thought that was put into this wooden armchair – the subtle angle of the legs and the curve of the seat where it meets the backrest are just beautiful. Even the metal springs, that were designed to be hidden (but I’ve exposed them), are good looking! This is one handsome armchair! The cushions have been reupholstered in a simple grey, and the wood has been given a light sand and a coat of varnish (although it could possibly do with another coat) – overall it’s a nice clean, beautifully designed piece, that would fit in with most decor schemes – and likely outlast (and outdo!) any modern furniture that you may already have!

Dimensions: 90cm tall x 62.5cm wide x 70cm deep

Price: R1200

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